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Dorm Room Workout: Finals Week Conditioning

Holidays, finals, cold weather… hello, stress eating and couch potato days. Right now, we could all probably use a kick in the butt when it comes to fitness. I got mine last week with NYC-based trainer Melissa Paris. The class was a free in-store event at one of the Lululemon stores in NYC, and it was amazing! This week’s workout is inspired by some of Melissa’s moves. And this is just the tip of the iceberg – I highly suggest checking out her website for more great workout ideas.

1. High Knees into Bicycle

Begin with high knees – running in place while lifting your knees as high in the air as you can. Do this for one minute.

Next, drop to the floor for some bicycles. While lying on your back, lift your shoulders off the ground (like in a crunch) and twist your elbow to your opposite knee, switching from side to side. Do this for 30 seconds.

Repeat this full sequence three times.

2. Mountain Climbers into Side Plank

This sequence begins with mountain climbers – starting from a plank position, jump one foot forward toward your hands, and then switch and bring the other foot forward. Try to stay low to the ground and use your legs without jumping too high. Keep going for one minute.

Next, hold in a side plank position on your forearm, trying to keep your body in one straight line. Hold here for 30 seconds, then switch to the other side and hold for 30 seconds.

Repeat this entire sequence three times. It gets tough, but don’t give up!

Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. When she’s not dancing or writing, she can be found exploring the city, and, let’s be honest, spending way too much time on the internet. Follow her @garnethenderson.

Garnet HendersonCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Dancer, choreographer, personal trainer, and freelance writer based in New York City. More here.